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Butterflies 12 of 16Butterfly early victorian brooch.Second Charles Thomae matte enamel silver butterfly pin!
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    Posted 6 years ago

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    I bought it some years ago for lucite costume pin!

    It was very, very dirty, the mount is amazing with tiny hinges to hold mechanism and gold decor on the crystal ring!

    The jadeite chinese butterfly is high quality with no breaks.
    Two tiny diamonds in the center of flowers.
    Unmarked white gold.

    Big: 1.3/4" diameter!

    No idea of maker or country of origin, I feel it to be 1925/1935 era.

    Any clue?

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    1. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 6 years ago
      Another Butterfly, it's lovely and unusually.
    2. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 6 years ago
      Very similar Rock crystal surround, now to find the butterfly.
    3. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 6 years ago
      So I think your brooch is from the Art Deco period
    4. DrFluffy DrFluffy, 6 years ago
      Wow... Kyra, this is amazing. Very beautiful.
    5. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Peasejean, beautiful links, thanks! I think mine is not strictly Art Deco due to the naturalistic flowers and leaves decor, pure art Deco is more geometric or stylized, so this lean me to rather 1935.
      DrFluffy, many many thanks :-)
    6. Peasejean55 Peasejean55, 6 years ago
      Thanks Kyra for bringing this to your forum, I had no idea how beautiful Rock Crystals can be.
    7. racer4four racer4four, 6 years ago
      Another beauty.
      Kyra how can you tell if something like this is rock crystal or glass? Such a big piece and I am sure you have a method. Thanks!
    8. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 6 years ago
      Unusual and beautiful! And real everything!!! Do you think someone had this special made? Amazing for sure.
    9. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Racer, glass is usually molded rather than cut, a seam or trace of it would be visible. Above all, the glow of cristal is different, and "feeling" from experience generally make it!
      Though, without gemmology instruments, making out if it is ROCK crystal very pure or lead crystal is impossible...
      Yes, I think it was a custom made as I've not seen this model anywhere.
      Peasejean, thank you so much for your compliment :-)
    10. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 6 years ago
      What a lovely stylish piece, and good on you for buying it as costume jewelry and then discovering it was precious jade, rock crystal, diamonds and white gold!

      I think it must be a scarf clip:

      I agree probably pre-WW2, late 1920's to 1930's. A lot of jade buttons from mandarin costumes and hair ornaments were coming out of Republican China and being incorporated into jewelry around this time. If I had to guess I would say it's French.

      In an exclusive shop today this would go for a lot of money - congratulations!
    11. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      So pleased with your visit, kiwipaul! Pleased too with your aging opinion which joins mine :-)
      Old chinese imperial era where too incorporated in republic and later period era in export chinese jewellery. Precious parures and court necklaces were dismanteled!
      You may be right for scarf clip, I was thinking too a pin to hold a drapé on shoulder or hip.
      Thousand thanks for your visit and comment !
    12. kiwipaul kiwipaul, 6 years ago
      Yes, I meant to say a a "scarf pin", cheers
    13. Stillwater Stillwater, 6 years ago
      ooo spectacular. id love to find that
    14. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Tkx Stillwater! We all love this kind of finds ;-))
    15. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 6 years ago
      Wonderful, and from the decade that I love!
    16. kyratango kyratango, 6 years ago
      Thanks Vintagelamp :-)

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